This is a relatively short and easy walk around the hilltop village of Aumes – across the river from Pezenas – and its Oppidum.
The forecasters are predicting cloud and showers in Lodeve on Thursday morning, but this should stay as associated with the higher ground. So the walk this week is further south, around Aumes, a village raised above the Herault valley, on the east side, opposite Pezenas. We will do a circular walk from the village to the Oppidum, on a hill just north of the village.
The walk is about 5 km, on roads, tracks and paths, a bit up and down (total climb about 60 m) with a couple of very short but tricky sections. If there has been overnight rain some parts may be muddy.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva cinema at 9:50 (even if it is raining in Lodeve), ready for departure at 10:00. The walk itself will start at about 10:45 from the parking area near the Marie in Aumes.
Distance: ~5 km.
It looks as though this Thursday is going to be one of those gloomy high pressure days with continual drizzle being blown on a stiff wind, all over the region. So no walk is being proposed.
If the forecast improves substantially by Wednesday then there may be a further announcement!
Les Fenestrettes is a marked walk from St Guilhem le Desert, a hard walk of about 11 km with a steep climb of over 450 m.
The weather this week is ideal for walking (cold but sunny, with no rain and not much wind), so we will undertake the hard walk designated ‘Les Fenestrettes’, starting at St. Guilhem. Although not so long (about 11 km) this is a hard walk, with the first third all uphill on steep paths, eventually rising about 450 m, to the top of the steep cliffs to the south of the village. There are excellent views at various points on this climb, back down into the village and its valley, across the Herault Gorge, and eventually across to Mt St Baudile and even south to the sea. From the highest point we start a long but gentle descent which eventually emerges from between the cliffs at the far (western) end of the valley behind the village. The paths (and sometimes tracks) are all in good condition, though some may be wet after the recent rain.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to depart at 10:00. The walk itself will start at about 10:50 from the main parking area (payant) at the top of the village. The walk takes about 4 hours, and we will stop for a snack at the top of the climb. We should be back in Lodeve by 16:30.
Distance: 11 km, 450+ m of climb
Bring: Snack, good shoes, fortitude.
The forecast for this Thursday is uncertain/unsettled, so we propose a local walk, which can easily be cancelled if the weather arrives with more than light drizzle.
This week we will do one of several possible walks up and around the Grezac area of Lodeve. The walk is likely to be about 6 km, and will involve the ascent to the higher areas of the Grezac slopes, at most 200 m of climbing. About half of the walk will be on quiet roads (with some traffic) and half on paths, some of which are stony and some of which are occasionally fairly steep. The views are excellent!
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50, ready to leave, on foot, at 10:00. We should be back at the Cinema by 12:30 at the latest.
The proposed walk is an easy ramble on farm roads through the vineyards to the North of St Felix – we last did this walk about 2 years ago. It is about 6 km, and completely flat.
It is forecast to be warmer by Thursday, but mostly cloudy, with some wind.
As usual we shall meet outside the Luteva Cinema at 9:50 ready to depart at 10:00.
The walk will start at 10:25 from the car park outside the cave cooperative, behind the restaurant Le St. Jacques, just off the D141 towards Jonquieres. We expect to be back in Lodeve by 13:00.
Distance: 6 km.